Raps see what Brown can do

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

The Raptors appear to be high on the homegrown product.

Toronto native Denham Brown worked out for the Raps yesterday, and although he didn't exactly set the Air Canada Centre on fire, the club certainly is not ruling out the possibility that they might use one of their second-round picks to select him on draft day, June 27.

"Denham had a good day, but I wouldn't say a special day," Jim Kelly, the team's director of player personnel, said when asked about Brown's performance. "He didn't shoot the ball especially well, but I don't think you base a final evaluation on one workout or one game. We've seen him for four years, we know him from high school here, and we know what he can do."

What Brown can do is score, and play some defence. The Connecticut grad, who once scored 111 for West Hill Collegiate in a high school game, was a consistent scorer during his four years at UConn, averaging 10.4 points per game in his senior year last season, while shooting a career 44% from the field.

And although he never became a superstar at the NCAA level, as some thought he might, Brown put together a solid college career and is considered a good bet to be picked up in the second round in the NBA draft later this month.

VERSATILITY

Brown brings versatility to the table as a shooting guard/small forward and his four years at NCAA powerhouse UConn also puts him in good stead as far as NBA GMs and scouts are concerned.

"I think the NBA game is going to be a lot easier for me, because I've been through all the rigors (of playing at UConn)," said Brown, who called the atmosphere of playing at UConn under head coach Jim Calhoun a "war zone." "I feel I can play in this league ... and being able to play for Toronto would be icing on the cake."

Meanwhile, reports continue to flow out of Spain that one of that nation's top power forwards, Jorge Garbajosa, is close to signing with the Raptors. GM Bryan Colangelo won't confirm. Garbajosa plays for Unicaja de Malaga in the Spanish league and has played with Raptors guard Jose Calderon on the national side.


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